traditional housewarming gifts, revisited

I wrote about traditional housewarming gifts a while ago when we were visiting the city cousins in their new home and I wanted to take a housewarming gift along with us. I want to do something similar for my mom, who moved into a new home recently (ok, it was two and a half months ago, but better late than never, right?). She has unpacked, decorated, made curtains, dug a fish pond and flower gardens, screened in the back porch, carpeted the basement steps.. so yeah, I’m just a little bit behind. But I think she likes me, so she’ll probably forgive that.

Just for a refresher, here is the list of traditional gifts again and their meanings:

Bread May those in your home never go hungry.
Broom May your house always be clean and free of evil spirits.
Candles May you always have light through the darkest times.
Coins May you receive luck and good fortune.
Honey May you always enjoy the sweetness of life.
Knives May your home always be protected from intruders.
Olive Oil May you be blessed with health and well-being.
Plants May your home always have life.
Rice May the love in your home multiply. (fertility)
Salt May there always be flavor and spice in your life.
Wine May you always have joy and never go thirsty.
Wood May your home have stability, harmony, and peace.

The last time I included bread, salt, honey, candles and wine in my gift basket. My mom is a teetotaler who used to run a tea room, so I thought I’d give her something a little different. I made some cheddar chive beer bread to include in the basket for the bread portion (except this time I replaced the chives with fresh dill from my pots out on the deck). Instead of traditional salt, I made up some sore muscle soak bath salts to include – she and her partner are always on the go, working hard, so I know someone will be able to use them. I included the lavender beeswax candle in a tea-cup that I made on the weekend, because she loves anything to do with tea and tea cups, and it takes care of the candle portion nicely, and finally, I made some lemon-olive oil gardener’s hand scrub – once again, because I know it’ll get used, and it covers the olive oil portion.

I found the old Ball jars with the glass tops at a yard sale recently and knew they’d be nice for gift packaging. The basket (ahem) actually belongs to my mom, so we’ll just say that I’m returning it, though I’m not sure she even knew that I had it to begin with. There’s no hard and fast rules to the whole thing, you can get a little creative and make up a nice gift basket. I hope she likes it. Shh.. don’t tell her; I’m going to give it to her this morning when she comes to put the monsters kids on the bus.

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34 thoughts on “traditional housewarming gifts, revisited

  1. Meg says:

    Love this idea! My sister is getting her first apartment soon and now I want to make her a basket like this, although I can only hope it’ll come out as beautiful as this one did! Thanks for posting.

  2. I love your rendition of housewarming gifts – so creative and personal.

  3. mamamuhely says:

    My niece recently moved to her first flat. Such a lovely reminder what a gift basket should include!

  4. I love this idea, especially the use of homemade products. A good friend of mine just recently closed on her first home and will be moving there in July, so this is a great post to help get me started on her housewarming gift. She’ll be getting some hand scrub, cheddar and chive beer bread (along with the recipe to make it) and I may whip up that sore muscle soak.Thanks for sharing!

  5. Awww… that’s sweet and thoughtful. The tea cup and saucer are so pretty. My sis in law just gave us a house warming basket: pancake mix, syrup, coffee, a potted African violet (from her stash), a coffee themed dish towel, and a carton of fresh eggs from her country hens–all in a nice basket. have a great day. So wonderful that your mother is so active and accomplished so much already!

  6. I’m now seriously considering moving to your neighborhood. Beautiful gift.

  7. What a beautiful gift basket. I had never heard of the traditional gift list and it’s meaning before. I’m going to save it as I think it’s a lovely idea.

  8. Kristi says:

    What a lovely idea! I have a friend who is moving on Thursday, and I think it would be great to do for her. Thanks for the idea! 😀

  9. Wonderful ideas…I don’t think I’ve heard of those types of housewarming gifts before…It takes a lot of creativity and work it seems which incidentally I am not but wish I was…I suppose I could buy some of those things and put into a basket…Diane

  10. What a lovely idea. My neighbour is currently doing a big renovation job on her home. I think I might borrow some of your ideas for when we visit the “new” house.

  11. What a lovely and thoughtful gift, much more personal that a shop bought one. The bread looks especially yummy!

  12. Roar Sweetly says:

    This is a beautiful idea. I’m always picking up lovely little baskets at the perfect use for them.

  13. elleadi says:

    Love it!A very nice, eco-friendly and personalised present!

  14. Alia says:

    This sounds lovely! Now, I’m going to rethink the next housewarming gift I give!

  15. Delightful, thoughtful and personal gift well worth waiting 2+ months for!

  16. Love the ideas and sentimental meanings – fun!

  17. Lauren says:

    Love the gift basket ideas! This is timely, as I’m going to a housewarming party this weekend. I usually default to a bottle of wine, but this is so much more thoughtful.

  18. slowborg says:

    Again, fantastic gifting! Your baskets look fabulous I’d squeal if I got one of these. Then immediately run a bath, light the candle, eat some bread and wash my hands.
    I’ve been trawling the op shops since your last housewarming gift post looking for appropriate baskets to use for these, but I always end up putting them down thinking it may not be the nicest idea to put food in them – even if it’s covered with material. I’m not sure!
    First world problems.
    I giggled all the way through this post, I love the humour you infuse into your blog.

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  21. This is brilliant! I’m definitely taking some inspiration from you for my friend’s housewarming gift! Thank you for the wonderful idea!

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  23. dorothy salomon says:

    What a fabulous idea. I never know what to bring, but now the problem is solved. Thanks so much.
    Dorothy Salomon

  24. So you are one step ahead of me, lightlycrunchy. What a lovely gift basket.

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